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a report from Andreas Haack
. It is very cold and windy with -10 to -14 degrees Celsius. It is usually like this for 6 to 8 month a year. How do people survive here? My Australien college remarked "Who had the idea to build a city here?". No wonder that I was told independently by several Russian residents that some people in West-Europe think "it is all year very cold in Moscow and there a lots of bears in the streets". I do not know where the get this idea from but for the time being the are right. For the bears that are mostly teddy bears in the metropolis with a population of 13 million - as you can see.
But the wait gave us time for some small talk.
A one room apartment near the outside of Moscow cost 300USD per month 50000 to buy 10k down-payment. Older people have inereted apartments from the Soviet time.
A computer specialist earns 1000 USD per month. 500USD for normal it specialist.
Alexander told me that some young people think it was better in Soviet times
and he told me a story when he was ha boy he had to stand in to queue for 8 hours
to get 5 kg of sugar.
We pass the Agip petrol station. It was the first foreign petrol station Moscow. It opened in 1989, still in Soviet times. The remarkable thing was that It was famous at the times because it had, unlike the government stations, a always a continues supply of petrol.
I finally arrived at my apparent. It was -10°C and I was dressed for spring. I went through the neighborhood to get something to eat. But first I had to change money. I doubt that this was possible at 10'o clock in the night. But surprisingly I found a open currency exchange office. I graped a slice of pizza and some beer.
It gets finally around zero and more acceptable.
I went to the read square by metro.
I was told about a funny commercial: It was about Hans Schmal from München, a German who visited Moscow. He was very afraid because everything was so unfamiliar. He wanted to make photos form train station but all people stept into his picture he and when he needed a taxi an ambulance stopped. He was very scarred. In Moscow, She explained, any can stop and serve as a taxi. He was very afraid until and a bar he got a BOCHKA? beer which tasted delicious even better then all the German beers. The commercial ends saying Hans saying the German words "Das ist fantastisch!" (that is fantastic) which is now a common saying. In fact I have seen this in the newspaper. So much to Hans Schmal from Munich.
Near Pushkinskaja square we went in the restaurant L... near the Dumma the Moscow government. It is a nice Russian restaurant. I had beef Stroganov and mashed potatoes.
Today the weather turns bad again. With temperatures just above zero we got allot of snow and snow-rain. The streets turn into a brown and gray mess and it is not much pleasure to walk. Nevertheless, after the lessons, the class went down the center to a Restaurant called Mu-Mu. The class that is me and Anke. It is a sort buffet but with no self service - the waitress put the stuff on you plate. I got some Bosch - a Russian soup, ..... for 367 RUR ( 10 EUR) I got a delicious and complete meal.
We went down the famous old ARBAT (АРБАТ). It is a famous old shopping street full of tourist shops.
26-03-2005I went to the space center Kosmonautiki at the Metro station VNDH (ВНДХ) The space center has only a view examples and was rather small. The space center belongs to many pavilions which used to be the industrial exhibition of Soviet industries. There is a old Topolev jet aircraft and a original ... rocket rather decayed. We looked for another space pavilion. The pavilions still show the names but inside are only kiosks for sale. The electronics pavilion shows a map of Soviet electronic industries but done a cat exhibition and some kiosks, a picture of the change in the Russia. and the decay of Soviet Union.
29-03-2005Cathedral of Christ the Savior is Russias biggest cathedral. It was demolished by the Bolsheviks in 1931 to clear space for their own intended main monument, the giant Palace of the Soviets. The Palace of Soviets was planned to be the largest building in the world. Its height was to reach 415 metres - higher than the tallest buildings of the time, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building. The construction of the Palace of Soviets was designate a priority project in 1934, and by 1939 the foundations of the upper part were completed. Construction was suspended in 1941 because of the war and never resumed , and the foundation later was filled with one of the world's largest open-air swimming pools (1960-1993). To symbolize beginning of a new , post-Soviet era, in the mid-1990s the Cathedral has been resurrected again in instead of the pool.
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